Shannon Wimp Schmidt is cohost of the Plaid Skirts and Basic Black podcast, and a founding member of Catholics United for Black Lives.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in theology and Italian from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Catholic Theological Union. Schmidt has more than a decade of experience in youth and pastoral ministry and has served in various capacities, including director of RCIA, adult faith formation coordinator, diversity educator, interfaith ministry leader, and theology teacher. Schmidt is a regular contributor to FemCatholic and the National Catholic Reporter's Sunday scripture video reflections Her work has been featured on CatholicTV’s This is the Day and in The Catholic Moment and Common Horizon.
Schmidt lives with her husband, Eric, and their four children in the Chicago, Illinois, area.